Dovecote Hall Cottage

Dovecote Hall Cottage

We have extensively refurbished Dovecote Hall Cottage to ensure that all residents have access to full family focused comforts. This charming former toll house nestles on the outskirts of Irvine, in semi-rural agricultural land and offers comfortable and scenic accommodation for 4 children and young people from 7-19 years of age who have an identified additional support need.

Needs of Young People

Within Dovecote Hall Cottage we specialise in supporting children and young people who have vulnerability to mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, conduct disorder and specified learning difficulties including dyslexia and communication problems. Typically our work focuses on identifying and supporting the individual’s difficulties which may include social interaction, impaired language and communication, as well as physical behaviors.

High levels of support are also provided for those individuals with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder), PDA (Pathological Demand Avoidance) and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). Staff ratios reflect the needs of the young people, and the service offers 1:1 and 2:1 support, and includes a 24 hour wakened service.

Where required, this service can provide supported living to individuals via its satellite flat as part of pathways planning.

Assessment and Planning

Dovecote Hall Cottage facilitates robust internal assessment, taking full account of the SHANARRI model, and also ensures young people access relevant external agency assessment, such as Child and Adolescent Mental Health services (CAMHS) as required.

On the basis of this careful assessment, including risk assessment, and existing plans Dovecote staff, along with representatives from the placing authority and parents and the young person, agree suitably challenging outcomes. Care Staff and education staff work closely together to agree shared needs, consistent strategies and approaches.


We promote the safety and wellbeing of all children, young people and staff. GIRFEC is at the core of our work; there is an emphasis on the clear roles and responsibilities of the child, young person and worker to establish a safe and therapeutic environment.

Embedded within our work at Dovecote Hall Cottage is a commitment to an ‘outcomes’ approach in meeting needs. Central to this are our approaches to assessment which are the cornerstones of our work. We are committed to our ‘one team’ ethos and promote safety, well-being and opportunity for our children, young people and staff.


The external environment at Dovecote Hall Cottage is utilised to maximise opportunities for early interventions which can assist residents in leading rich and fulfilling lives. The team at Dovecote provide a structure that ensures young people undertake normal daily routines and are encouraged to become as independent as possible in terms of sleep patterns, personal hygiene, dressing, and attending school, cooking and shopping.

The external environment is used to maximise a range of learning opportunities and staff have gained recognition for their inclusive approach. Residents at the cottage enjoy access to our community campus at Galaxy Leisure, which is only a 15 minute journey, where they can enjoy our fitness and well-being complex and our trendy American Diner Galaxy Café. Other local activities include:

  • Irvine Snooker Club.
  • Greenacres Riding Stables. (Irvine)
  • Magnum Centre with swimming, badminton, short tennis and fitness facilities.
  • Army Cadets.
  • Galleon Leisure Centre with 5 a side football, Badminton, Sauna Swimming Ice Skating & Ice Hockey.
  • Dean Castle & Country Park.
  • The Garage; Ten Pin Bowling & Go Karting.

Positive Outcomes

In the last year, two of our residents have transitioned back into their communities.

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